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Christine Stabler, M.D.

From Christine Stabler, M.D., Vice President, Academic Affairs

What do you do with a doctor when (s)he stops being a doctor? What do you do with a doctor who’s retired? -- Borrowed heavily from Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”

At a recent breakfast meeting of the GRUMPS (Gratefully Retired Unemployed Medical Physicians and Surgeons) honoring the 90th birthday of Henry Wentz, M.D., I was struck by the vitality, energy and engagement of this group of past LGH Medical & Dental Staff members. What a wealth of talent and knowledge! These physicians continue to contribute to the community in many important ways.

Our leadership is working on ways to honor our retiring physicians, emphasizing our respect and appreciation for their past and ongoing work for our patients and community. We hope to develop a physician Alumni Club, to foster collegiality and offer connection, experiences and value to our retirees.

All retirees currently receive an emeritus Med Staff badge and access to physician parking, CME events and the biannual LGHP awards dinner. We want to enhance those benefits to include ongoing medical library access and use of the Convenience Pharmacy for retirees and spouses. We also want to help coordinate and support meetings and interest groups.

We are developing an off-boarding process to help retirees understand the benefits of ongoing connection to the LGH Med Staff. Benefits of membership in the Alumni Club include continued email access, access to CME credit through our EEDS program, invitations to social events, updates on health system activities and fellow alums, and potential opportunities to stay involved. We want to help our physicians transition to the next stage in their careers through new options for practice, such as reductions in work hours or participation in float pools/locum tenens. We want to support and coordinate ongoing experiences, such as community education/speakers bureau, mentoring programs, volunteering, teaching involvement and leadership.

The next steps include getting the input of our physicians through polls or informal meetings. This will help to enhance the value of membership in our club.

For more information, please contact Dr. Monty Duke, Dr. Ray Foley or me.

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